Liverpool on keen on signing Portuguese starlet Rafael Brito, according to a report from Portuguese newspaper Record.
The 18-year-old has played 11 games this season for the B team at Benfica and is regarded as one of the club’s most promising academy players (Sport Witness).
One of the clubs trying to secure his signature is thought to be Liverpool but Barcelona and Real Madrid are also monitoring the situation.
Benfica have a clause in the teenager’s contract of £38 million and it seems unlikely the club will be letting him leave on the cheap.
The report claims that should the player make a first-team appearance his release clause becomes even higher.
Liverpool have a proud history when it comes to young players.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has shown willing to get his academy stars on the pitch with the likes of Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones enjoying game time this season.
During his time playing for the Benfica development teams this season he has played at centre-back and as a defensive midfielder.
His versatility looks like a solid attribute and if Klopp could pull off a deal he would get a player who looks to have some serious potential.
TBR View – Unknown quantity but the price might not be right
People say you can’t put a price on potential but it does seem unlikely that Liverpool will splash such a huge sum on a player who hasn’t played a senior game yet.
The Reds might be better off playing a waiting game on this one and seeing how he develops first.
That could cost them more in the way of a transfer fee but Liverpool have the cash and it saves them wasting money.
If they do pursue him now he might fit nicely with a plethora of young guns at Anfield.
For Liverpool to spend money, however, they will probably expect to get themselves a player who has at least played a men’s game of football.